Pro-democracy protesters gathered at the Asoke Intersection in Bangkok yesterday afternoon, September 2nd, for a peaceful protest organized by former red-shirt protest leader Nattawut Saikua and political activist Sombat Bunngam-anong or “Bo Ko Lai Jut”.
The gathering began at around 4:00 P.M. following Sombat’s announcement of the large gathering in central Bangkok at the “Car Mob Call Out” rally on Sunday, August 29th. No riot police and only traffic police were reportedly stationed at the site to manage the traffic and observe the overall situation at the start of the protest.
The protest leaders arrived at the scene at around 5:00 P.M. and insisted on a peaceful gathering, featuring pro-democracy activists’ speeches and performances of how, according to them, poorly the government managed the Covid-19 situation and how the Prime Minister and his government should be responsible with an immediate resignation.
Members of several protest groups, including Ratsadon and the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration (UFTD), were also participating in today’s gathering and were giving speeches and playing live music on the street.
Pro-democracy speeches continued throughout the gathering. Activist Attapon Buapat, or Kru Yai, was also on stage, criticizing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha who he claimed failed to eradicate corruption in Thai politics and did not commit to his promise of police reform as claimed when he became the Prime Minister, so Thailand had police officials like Chief Joe (See here for details on the Chief Joe case) instead.
The protest continued peacefully throughout the evening but was carefully watched by Bangkok police officials. Protesters have stated they plan to protest daily until the Prime Minister, who is currently wrapping up a four-day censure session, resigns.